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– It’s fall and that means pumpkin fields and corn mazes! Lots of places are open now. We have your guide for all this fun via our Guide to autumn pleasures.

Our picks for this weekend include art, beer, and live music!


Artsplosure (Downtown Raleigh) – This Raleigh arts festival returns to downtown on Saturday and Sunday. Explore the market with over 175 performers, take in shows, or take the kids to free arts and crafts events at Kidsplosure on Fayetteville Street.

Beericana Craft Beer and Music Festival (Sugg Farm Park, 2401 Grigsby Avenue, Holly Springs) – The Beericana Craft Beer and Music Festival takes place on Saturday at Sugg Farm Park in Holly Springs. This craft beer festival features local breweries, food trucks and live music.

Cary Diwali Celebration (Koka Booth Amphitheater, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary) – Celebrate Diwali with music, dancing, theater, performances, Indian food vendors, art and children’s activities at the Booth Amphitheater in Cary on Saturday. Diwali is the most celebrated religious and cultural event in India and marks the victory of good over evil, light over darkness and the start of the new year. General admission tickets for the lawn are free to the public. Masks are currently not mandatory outdoors in Cary, but are strongly encouraged in situations where social distancing is difficult to maintain. Masks will be mandatory when visiting the sanitary facilities on site, in accordance with local mandates for masking in indoor or enclosed spaces, so please bring your masks.

Geek and Grub Festival (Coastal Credit Union Midtown Park @ North Hills, 4011 Cardinal in North Hills St., Raleigh) – This festival celebrates all things geek. Play giant board games, shop from geek themed vendors, and try inflatable ax throwing. The event will take place at Midtown Park in North Hills from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday

BEYOND: The Cary Film Festival (The Cary Theater, 122 E Chatham Street, Cary) – This film festival takes place Thursday through Sunday at the Cary Theater. It offers short films and scenarios of all kinds.

Food and music

Oak and Smoke 2021 (Oak City Brewing Company, 616 North First Avenue, Knightdale) – Oak City Brewing Company is partnering with Redneck BBQ Lab for this event featuring beer, barbecue and bluegrass.

Thomas Rhett: The Center Point Road Tour 2021 (Coastal Credit Union Music Park (formerly Walnut Creek Amphitheater), 3801 Rock Quarry Rd., Raleigh) – Thomas Rhett will be joined by Cole Swindell and Gabby Barrett for this show on Saturday at Coastal Credit Union Music Park in Walnut Creek in Raleigh. Please note that to attend this event you must have proof of vaccination for COVID-19 or a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours before entering the site.

Oktoberfest at Dogwood (The Dogwood Bar and Eatery, 610 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh) – Enjoy beer pong, games, freebies, live music and more on Saturdays starting at 2 p.m. at Dogwood.

The group tour (Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian St., Durham) – The critically acclaimed Broadway hit musical The Band’s Visit arrives at the Durham Performing Arts Center through Sunday. At this event, guests aged 12 and over are required to provide documentation of their full COVID-19 vaccination status or, as an alternative, a recent negative COVID-19 test. Face coverings will also be required for this event.

The Streetery (Geer and Foster Streets, Geer St and Foster St, Durham) – At The Streetery, the streets are closed to vehicular traffic and open for outdoor dining. Shop in unique stores, then dine al fresco while listening to music by local artists. This week’s event is Saturday from noon to 9 p.m. on Geer and Foster streets.

Bull City RoundUp Food Truck Rodeo & Vendor Market (Suite 4, 506 Ramseur Street, Durham) – Take advantage of this vendor market and this food truck that rolled Saturday from 2pm to 10pm at the Suite Four in Durham.

Golden Belt 2nd Annual Block Party (Golden Belt Artists Gallery, 800 Taylor St, Durham) – This annual block party will take place on Saturday at Golden Belt from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Stephen Munoz will host a Super Jam Open Mike session, and there will be open art studios, inflatables for kids, local businesses, and non-profit organizations on-site dating and hosting.

Art and comedy

City Wings Opening Public Event (Dorothea Dix Park – Harvey Hill, 693 Palmer Drive, Raleigh) – Raleigh hosts the traveling exhibition by world-renowned Mexican artist Jorge Marín, Wings of the City to Dorothea Dix Park. The collection of nine bronze sculptures features larger-than-life figures – some winged and ready to take flight, others delicately balanced in acrobatic poses. The sculptures will be installed in Dix Park from October 2021 to March 2022. The city will host a public event on Saturday to celebrate the opening of this exhibition. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Dix Park. The opening event will showcase Mexican culture with live music and food trucks.

Capone headlining improvisation (Raleigh Improv, 1224 Parkside Main Street, Cary) – Capone, the comedy gangster, performs at Raleigh Improv Friday through Sunday.

Special Event: Jon Reep (Goodnight’s Comedy Club / The Grille at Goodnight’s, 861 W. Morgan St., Raleigh) – Jon Reep made a name for himself when he became the winner of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” in season five. See him on stage at the Goodnights Comedy Club this weekend.

Help others

Annual Me Fine Foundation Gala (The Market Hall at City Market, 214 E Martin St., Raleigh) – The annual Me Fine Gala celebrates the Foundation’s accomplishments and raises funds to ensure continued funding for the emotional support programs and financial assistance the organization provides to families cared for at Duke, UNC and WakeMed Hospitals for children. The gala will be held in person with a virtual option on Friday evening at the City Market.

Triangle Barkitecture (Bowstring Pizza and Brewyard, 1930 Wake Forest Rd., Raleigh) – Local architects and designers will compete and showcase their custom pet architecture designs which will be auctioned off with all proceeds going to Hope Animal Rescue and Meow House Cat Rescue to help the pets right here in the Triangle.

NC Walk4Hearing Loss 5K (WakeMed Soccer Park, 201 Soccer Park Drive, Cary) – Walk4Hearing will be hosting a 5K walk at WakeMed Soccer Park on Sunday morning. The event will draw attention to hearing loss and promote the importance of hearing health. Funds raised support national HLAA awareness and education programs, HLAA chapters and state organizations, and alliances that help expand HLAA’s mission in local communities.

Some family choices – check out more family ideas for this weekend on Go Ask Mom!

Inflatable Day at the Park (Durham Central Park, 502 Foster St., Durham) – This event will feature extreme inflatables, vendors, music and food trucks on Saturday in Durham Central Park. This event is also an effort to help save the Northgate Carousel. Look for information and petitions during the event on how to save the historic carousel.

Silly and Spooky Sing-a-Long Story Time (Whitley Park, 601 North Wakefield Street, Zebulon) – Enjoy this musical story hour at Whitley Park on Saturday morning. There will be games and songs from 9:30 am to 11:30 am Tickets are $ 15.

Corina C. Butler

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